As many of us know, America recently had a holiday celebration called Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends come together to give thanks by sharing and eating food. Although this may sound picture perfect the truth about the origination of Thanksgiving is not so picture-perfect at all.
I, like so many others, was once told about the story of Thanksgiving as if the holiday was a peaceful, loving, helpful time between people called pilgrims and Indians. In grade school, it was stated that the Indians taught the pilgrims how to hunt for food, plant corn, other vegetables while attending to the land and the pilgrims or Englishmen were grateful in return. The truth of the matter is the so-called pilgrims were not very kind or grateful at all but came in vengeance of war for trade against the Indians and their land. The Indian massacre took place over many miles and in an area along the upper Northeast border also known as New England. The Pequot (the name for the Indian Tribe) War lasted for almost a year. The first six months the Pequot tribe was winning the war without weapons but not for long. In this Pequot war, Indian children and families were being burned and slaughtered to claim ownership of their land and it lasted for several months. After the massacre, the Indians were held captive on their own land and were forced to be enslaved into the Caribbean and West Indies by the colonist. Many of the English men colonists declared victory with the invasion of the Pequot Indian land on the first day they considered Thanksgiving a holiday.
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of the month. The Thanksgiving holiday has stuck as the holiday we know now know it to be today but not everyone is fond of its observance. For many native tribes, Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. The holiday is now marked as a day of mourning for the Indigenous Native people.
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